Southern Indiana lawmakers say over $3.6 million awarded to boost local road projects

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, April 10, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 10, 2020) – Southern Indiana legislators said local communities were recently awarded more than $3.6 million in state matching grants to bolster road and bridge improvements.

Over 200 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined total of $126.5 million through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program. The grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation.

“Hoosier drivers all deserve access to safe, dependable roads," said State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown). "It takes a significant amount of funding to keep our roads in good condition, and these grants will go a long way in helping our communities, large and small, take care of their infrastructure."

Clark County received $74,215 and Floyd County was awarded $931,478 for local road projects. In addition, the following municipalities received matching grants:

  • Clarksville $614,868;
  • Jeffersonville $1 million; and
  • New Albany $1 million.

State Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) said grant funding can be used toward road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage.

"These are significant funds for maintaining and improving our local streets and bridges," Clere said. "To the extent the projects include safety and aesthetic enhancements, they will also provide quality-of-life benefits."

According to State Rep. Rita Fleming (D-Jeffersonville), the county or municipality receiving a grant must provide a 50% match.

"The program provides a great opportunity for local communities to stretch their dollars by partnering with the state," Fleming said. "It is a good example of how we can accomplish more by working together."

In total, more than $738 million has been distributed for local road projects through the Community Crossings program. State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem), whose district includes a portion of Clark County, said state law requires annually that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. 

"Community Crossings has already helped many of our local highway and street departments make improvements," Davisson said. "This funding will have a positive impact, and we are already looking ahead to the next round of grants."

Starting in July, communities will be able to apply for a share of an estimated $100 million. More information about the program can be found at


State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) represents House District 70,
which includes most of Harrison County, along with portions of Clark and Floyd counties.
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State Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) represents House District 72, which includes
most of Floyd County, including New Albany, Floyds Knobs and Georgetown.
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State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73, which includes
Washington County, and portions of Jackson, Lawrence, Orange, Clark and Harrison counties.
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